A few weeks ago I ran a post featuring a stunning bridal image and video by Vanessa Joy. As a spokesperson for my favorite lighting company, Profoto, she packed a lot great content into this short video. But, the fun of social media, for me in this case, was more than just discovering some great content to share...it kicked off the start of a new friendship. Vanessa is back today sharing a challenge that would turn any photographer's hair instantly gray - a wedding party with 19 groomsmen!
As I read the draft Vanessa sent me, I realized what an incredible testimonial it was for having a solid skill set. Vanessa is truly a "professional" and you'll understand more about her as she takes you through each step to creating the final images.
To see more of Vanessa's work check out her site, www.vanessajoy.com. Vanessa is a solid believer in education and supporting the community with content to help you raise the bar on the quality of your work. Check out her new educational site and visit LearnPhotoVideo.com.
This post is part of a "daily double" with a podcast with Vanesssa and more thoughts to help you raise the bar on your work . Here's a chance to pick up more ideas on how to neutralize some of those fears that tend to slow you down.
Have I photographed groups of 27 before? Of course. Have I liked it. Not so much.
The idea of photographing a huge bridal party in a short amount of time after they’ve been drinking on a party bus for a half hour is never at the top of the list for any photographer. But overcoming fear happens when you’re prepared for the occasion. I knew that I was, both in skill and experience, so here’s how I did it – and did it quickly and with results that my clients are more than happy with (though I am a bit of a perfectionist and wouldn’t mind moving some things around!).
Next time you have to photograph a large group, try the start easy and add on concept. It allows you to pose more quickly and effectively then attempting to lump everyone in all at once. While photographing a bridal party this large may still give you butterflies, you’ll be able to move through them confidently, knowing that you have the skill and expertise to do your best work.